A Brief History
On July 31, 1970, the British Royal Navy experienced one of the darkest days in their long and glorious history, Black Tot Day. On that day, the RN ended its long tradition of giving each sailor at sea a drink of rum.
While you may not personally miss this bygone practice, we ask, “What do you miss the most?”
Some possible answers could be:
(for Catholics) The Latin Mass
School Dress and Grooming Codes
Decent Meals and Service on Airliners
Hot Pants, Mini-Skirts or Bell Bottoms
Question for students (and subscribers): What do you miss the most? Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
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For more information, please see…
Phoenix, Charles. Addicted to Americana: Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style. Prospect Park Books, 2017.
Wilson, Everett. Vanishing Americana Pictures of the American Past, Well Remembered but Disappearing Americana. A.S. Barnes & Co, 1961.
The featured image in this article, a photograph by Kjetil Bjørnsrud of measuring out the tot (diorama aboard HMS Belfast), is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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